Introduction to GUP #28 - The Conflict Issue




How do you proceed after a five-year anniversary, celebrated with a double issue saturated with the best photographers ever featured in our magazine? Well, we just did. Back to size but in even better shape, GUP is keeping up its standards by presenting a wide range of photography, showcasing all-time classics and providing a platform for emerging talents. Meanwhile, we have revived our website, turning it in to a virtual portal for all the voracious, wide-awake, 'photovores' out there that just can't see enough. Serving both the net nerds and the persistent print lovers, we feel it has put us in better balance. GUP is ready for the years to come.

What will the future be like? Finding harmony and stability is not that easy when the forces around you are rocking your boat. We live in harsh times. Socially, economically and geologically, the world seems to be in conflict. Whether this is true or merely perceived, there is strong opposition to whatever we, the people, initiate. Disagreements leading to stress, revolution, and war; tensions between groups or struggles with ourselves. We are breeding a socially disparate world.

To show strength and persistence, in awareness of the age that we live in, GUP hereby presents a selection of photography that reflects 'conflict' in the broadest sense of the world. Our selection ranges from internal struggle (Jen Davis), divergence between age and task (Arpad Kurucz), contrast in style (Richard Mosse) and chosen weapon (Dallaporta). Or, as in the vernacular images found by Joachim Terlou, all this happening at the same time. On top of this, we are happy to (re)introduce notorious Larry Clark and his Tulsa (1971) as the ultimate culmination of conflict at the start of another year of a feisty GUP.